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Celebrating PRIA@35 with Youth-n-Democracy

In its 35th year (2017), PRIA has launched ‘Youth-n-Democracy’, a year-long campaign to promote the participation of youth in #DemocracyInEverydayLife. PRIA believes in authentic, empowering participation of all sections of society in nurturing, protecting and deepening democracy, and has committed to facilitating engagement of 1 million youth across 100 districts and cities of the country over 12 months.

To celebrate PRIA@35, the Youth-n-Democracy campaign is being kicked-off in multiple locations of PRIA in the week of 4 February to 11 February. This multi-location start reflects the spirit and idea of #DemocracyInEverydayLife and #Youth-n-Democracy.

Events will be held in at least 10 PRIA field locations – with street theatre in Delhi and Muzaffarpur; puppet shows in Ajmer; a talk show among youth and media in Jaipur; discussions and debates among university students, NSS volunteers, and community youth in Jhansi, Ambikapur and Patna; painting competition among school children in Vishakapatnam; Matargashti on Marine Drive in Raipur; and interactions with local community, police and drivers in Kalimpong. All events are youth-led, with active engagement of young in debating, supporting and upholding #DemocracyInEverydayLife. 

The District Collectorate Circle in Ajmer is a busy public area. On 6th February, between 12.00 noon and 1.30 p.m., passers-by will be surprised to see a puppet show on #DemocracyInEverydayLife, performed by Rajasthani Kathputli Kala Kendra. 

The newly developed Anasagar Chowpati has become a favourite hangout of the youth in Ajmer. Between 3.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. on 6th February, they will chance upon a puppet show (also performed by Rajasthani Kathputli Kala Kendra), and folk songs being sung by PRIA animators and SIC youth.
On 7th February, a youthful group of PRIA animators and enumerators will perform a street play at Anasagar Baradari, which is a historic place, at 12:30 p.m. and at Anasagar Chowpati, at 2:30 p.m.

Do the youth of Ajmer and the public have an opinion on #DemocracyInEverydayLife? They will be encouraged by the PRIA Ajmer team and the youth members of the Settlement Improvement Committees (SIC) to voice their views during these performances.

“Loktantra Aur Swachchta” is the theme of the discussion among youth from across Sarguja district at the launch of the Youth-n-Democracy campaign in Ambikapur. The event is organised in collaboration with Sarguja University, zila panchayat and UNICEF. The local Akashvani radio station will collaborate. The gathered audience can post suggestions on #DemocracyInEverydayLife in a suggestion box.

The campaign kicks off in Delhi with a street theatre competition, Youthra 2017. Twenty drama groups from colleges across Delhi University are participating in the two-day competition. The competition will be held on 4th February at PVR Saket Market, between 10.30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on 5th February at V3S Mall, Laxmi Nagar, between 12 noon and 1 p.m. Youthra 2017 is being organised in collaboration with Jazba Theatre Group. DU Beat is the media partner and photography and videography support is being provided by volunteers from Delhi College of Photography.

On 6th February 2017, PRIA friends and family will gather under a 300-year old pipal tree (in Sangeet Natak Akademi) to watch two street plays (performed by the winning teams of Youthra 2017), and listen to the music of Trippy Sama, a world music collaboration bringing together musicians from all parts of the world. An anthem, “Make Democracy Work”, produced specially for the Youth-n-Democracy campaign, will be performed for the first time by the band. Watch out for the group of young PRIA-ians who will “Dance for Democracy”!

On 6th February in Jaipur, boys from Maharaja College, girls from Maharani College, boys from Pareek Boys College and girls from Pareek Girls College, along with students from University of Rajasthan and law interns from PUCL will debate and discuss amongst themselves and with the media #DemocracyInEverydayLife in a live talk show.

PRIA, Margshree Charitable Trust and NSS youth will together launch the campaign on the grounds of Bundelkhand Degree College. Debate, discussion, dialogue, sing, dance, play, draw and paint – the youth will choose their ways to express their ideas and thoughts.

The launch of the Youth-n-Democracy campaign in Kalimpong is on 6th and 7th of February with an orientation on violence against women to the members of Driver's Union of Kalimpong. The program will be led by the KBC youth of Saptashri Gyanpeeth School and 16th mile community youth. The youth are also initiating a sticker campaign on cabs which will state zero tolerance to violence against women and girls. Democracy for these youth means freedom from violence against women and girls, and they will discuss this with members of Driver's Union, the officials of Motor Vehicles Department and Traffic Police officials.

In Muzaffarpur, young students of Bhartiya Jan-Natya Sangh will perform a street play at L.S. College Campus at 12.30 p.m. and Jubba Sahani Park at 3.30 p.m. on 6th February, and on 7th February the play will be performed at RDS College at 11.00 a.m. and at Lakshmi Chauk at 2.00 p.m.

On 6th February, to kick-start discussions among the youth, students in RDS College will debate and dialogue on how youth experience democracy in their daily lives in Muzaffarpur.

On 5th February, nukkad natak by KBC groups and reflections on youth and democracy at Government Middle School, Rajvansi Nagar will generate ideas and expressions of how youth experience #DemocracyInEverydayLife in Patna. Community youth from informal settlements will interact with political party representatives, the media and college students.

On Sunday morning (5th February), get ready for “Matargashti on Marine Drive” in Raipur. PRIA colleagues will play drums, sing songs and elicit the opinion of gathered public about various facets of democracy, as part of the ‘More Raipur’ programme (organised by Nagar Nigam at Marine Drive, Telibandha, Raipur) every Sunday.
A joint press meet is planned on 4th February to launch the Youth-n-Democracy campaign in Chhattisgarh.

What do high school students think of democracy in daily life? Hundred students of 10 high schools in Anandapuram Mandal will gather at the Mandal High School on 8th February to express through drawings, paintings and essays what they understand by #DemocracyInEverydayLife. Anandapuram MPDO Office will be an active partner in organising the event.

Youth-n-Democracy has also begun building a presence online—with a Facebook Community, Instagram page and Twitter profile. Join the campaign by sharing photos on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook using the hashtags: #democracyineverydaylife #photocracy #youthndemocracy.

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